"The Road" book question SPOILER post...

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  1. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    Just finished and enjoyed it and glad the author left the cause of the apocalypse ambiguous. What do you think it was? My guess is meteor or caldera/volcano. HH
     
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    That's what I was thinking, as there were references to fires and desolation, but nothing biological or nuclear.

    Downer of a book, that's certain...
     

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    Really? I liked that book. I thought that the situation was because of nuclear war and the fires and additional devastation was because New Orleans Voters were roaming all over the country.
     
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    Yeah, I felt bad for the boy, being cold all the time. I love McCarthy, but this one gave me the blues.
     
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    I didn't think nuclear simply because of no reference to gamma damage, and all the burnt stuff was simply burnt and not destroyed and burnt. HH
     
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    I really like Cormac McCarthy's writing...especially the Border Trilogy (All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing, and Cities of the Plain). The Road, however, is unusually dark...even by McCarthy standards.
     
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    It was a near-ELE caused by meteorite impact.
     
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    Not sure what caused it, but did whatever-it-was also kill using quotation marks? Great read, but really... save that "style" stuff for the coffee shop please.
     
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    Yeah, some of the father-son banter was headache-inspiring. HH
     
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    When reading the book, I imagined it as a nuclear event of some sort based on the terse description (flash of light, explosion, no power). Now that I reflect on it, meteor or volcano makes more sense. In any case, it was an extremely depressing read.
     
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    "Andersonville" by MacKinlay Kantor was written sans quotation marks as well... I liked it, made it more of a stream of consciousness versus a narration, and added to the imagery.

    My opinion only, of course...
     
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    It's been a while since I read it, but a super volcano is what came to my mind. I don't remember why though.
     
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    I disagree fully. If anyone has the right to break the rules it's McCarthy.
     
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    I don't care how "good" a writer is. If the " key is broke on your computer, go out and spend some of your book money on a freaking NEW COMPUTER that has one that works.
     
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    Tell me about it. You'd read about three pages of a conversation between two {OR MORE} people, then finally get a clue that would tell you who was saying what to who.
     
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    The story still haunts me. I loved it but it also preyed on my single greatest fear, insuring my son survives at all costs.
     
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    Just some thoughts.

    I don't think the cause of the disaster was articulated because it had nothing to do with the point of story. It was merely the setting, nothing more.

    Could The Road be a metaphore for life. We all know we are all gonna die in the end anyway, so what is the point of living? It is the age old question of "Why am I here?"

    Some people would answer that one is here simply to live. The point of living is the journey along the way not the destination.

    If that is true than the man had no choice but to keep him and his son alive on the jouney along the road. His journey ended, the boy's was just begining as you began to see tell tale signs of new life emerge.

    The other interesting metaphore is the old man they met along the way. Could he be a metaphore for God? For faith? Was the meeting symbolic of the trinity? (father, son, holy ghost)

    I don't know but these are some thoughts I had while reading the book.
     
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    I take it you don't drink while reading. I should try it. Bourbon was the only way I got through Kafka, Burroughs and Camus in college and the habbit stuck. HH